Bad Bunny sets record straight on Harry Styles tweet during Coachella set
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Bad Bunny has set the record straight after a tweet about Harry Styles was displayed during his Coachella set last week.
The Puerto Rican rapper and singer’s team responded after Styles' fans took offense to the tweet that was projected on a screen last Friday (14 April).
During his performance of the song ‘El Apagón’ the screen behind the 29-year-old Grammy winner on stage displayed a tweet which read: “Goodnight benito could do as it was but harry could never do el apagon.”
Some of Styles’ fans assumed the tweet was included in the set as a dig, implying that Bad Bunny could easily perform ‘As It Was’ but Styles would not be able to pull of ‘El Apagón’.
The inclusion of the tweet came after Bad Bunny took part in the Carpool Karaoke segment on The Late Late Show in March in which he sang a couple of his songs as well as the chart-topping Styles track ‘As It Was’.
Following the controversy online, a rep for Bad Bunny – whose real name is Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio – told Rolling Stone that he declined to comment, but clarified that the singer did not approve the image of the tweet.
The visual company behind Bad Bunny’s Coachella set, Sturdy.co, also confirmed that the performer did not approve the image.
"Our intention is to create light hearted designs that embody Bad Bunny's personality and amplify the experience he presents as a performer," the company said in a statement shared with Rolling Stone.
“The request from the artist during the visuals for 'El Apagón' performance was to use the image only and not text from the tweet, which we take responsibility for and correct it for Friday's performance.
“These visuals are a celebration of Bad Bunny and his dedication to empowering his native island, Puerto Rico."
On Friday (21 April) Bad Bunny once again took to the stage to kick off the second weekend of the Coachella music festival. A new tweet was included on the screen behind the singer, an apology to Styles.
“Sorry Harry, it was a mistake from my team. We love you,” the Tweet reads.
And just like that the pop world was harmonious again, with Styles’ fans knowing that Bad Bunny didn’t intend to throw shots.
The incident was just one of many controversies from the opening weekend of Coachella 2023, with Frank Ocean's shortened headline set also courting headlines.